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Looking For Part Time Work – The Mummy Challenge

Now that we have moved and unpacked almost all of the boxes, it is time to focus my efforts on…

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#SMB – Instagram Week – Let’s Focus!

#SMB – Instagram Week – Let’s Focus!

Doesn’t it crack you up when people think that Blogging is an “easy” job. There are so many pieces and parts to running a great blog, it’s hard to keep up with it all. When you started your Blog did you realize everything that needed to go into a post? Me neither!

Finding other Bloggers on Social Media, to follow and be followed by, opens doors. It connects us with others, leads more people to our sites who then share our work on Social Media. Are you blogging to yourself? Do you want to be noticed, but don’t know how to get there?

Running your blog in a vacuum is a futile process. “Build it and they will come” is just a line from a movie. Instantaneous Stardom rarely happens in real life. You have to be seen to be noticed.
Social Media Blast. Thursday at 9 PM EST Bloggers working together to grow our social media platforms. Brands are looking for large, engaged communities, let's work together to grow and prosper. Instagram Week.

Reasons to Grow Your Social Media Platforms with Other Bloggers

Social Media connects us with others who find value in our posts. It helps us to grow our audience and hone our skills. It puts you in the position to be noticed by fans and Brands.

It’s hard work to grow your Social Media Platforms. Taking photos, editing them, creating different sizes for Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, Twitter and Instagram. Phew! I’m tired already. Aren’t you???

And we haven’t even created the posts and written the Social Media Updates yet.

Or scheduled them. Found the appropriate hashtags. Or, at the very least, hashtags that aren’t flagged as spam. ARG!

Check out the Top Five Reasons why you should be working together with other Bloggers, then add yourself to the linkup and let’s all grow together. We got this!

Meet your hosts:

Social Media Blast. Thursday at 9 PM EST Bloggers working together to grow our social media platforms. Brands are looking for large, engaged communities, let's work together to grow and prosper.

Nikki from View From In Here Jessica from Adventures of a Cavemom
Lindsey from Lindsey Tradup Yvonne from Double the Monkey Business
Gidget from Mommy Perfect Rena from Fine, Whatever Blog
Leah from Elm Photo Studio Leanne from Smiles and Sunday

Top Five Reasons To Grow Your Social Media Platforms

ONE: Bloggers are a cool, creative bunch. I love reading updates from other Bloggers on my Social Media Feeds. We are so doggone fun! When I’m having a creative dry spot I get my best ideas from the Bloggers that I follow. (Bonus points for a great food video, or crazy cat vid? Amiright?!)

TWO: Bloggers know all the good stuff. Need a recommendation for a hotel while on vacation? Ask a Blogger. Looking for potty training tips? Ask a Blogger. DIY? Decorating? Paint Colors? Get it? Follow Bloggers from every niche and all the answers you need are at your fingertips! Boo-Yah!

THREE: Algorithm Changes drive you crazy? Yeah, me too. But guess what? Another Blogger has already figured it all out. And you follow her/him! Score. Think about all those hours of research saved.

FOUR: Is there anyone more fun to hang out with than a Blogger? I think not.

FIVE: Okay, here’s the REALS. You want people to read your blog, right? You’re working to raise your Pageviews. You may even be thinking about making money from your Blog. Perhaps you’ve started to Monetize, but you’d like to make more income. Maybe you want all these things, but it’s a slow process?

Guess what? Growing your Social Media Platforms, hanging with other Bloggers, can help you achieve all these things. But working together with other Bloggers can speed up the process.

Social Media Blast. Thursday at 9 PM EST Bloggers working together to grow our social media platforms. Brands are looking for large, engaged communities, let's work together to grow and prosper. Instagram Week.

Social Media Blast Requirements

 -Add the link to your Social Media Account. It must be a Public account or Facebook PAGE not personal.

 -Follow everyone in the linkup, come back later in the week to follow those that have joined after you. This linkup will be open for a week,  come back and follow more as the week goes on, and get followed back!  This is not a link dump, if you aren’t following the others your link will be deleted. Thanks.

Share. Click to Tweet. The more people that link up, the bigger we all grow.

This week we’re focusing on Instagram

This week, link up the URL to your Instagram account (NOT YOUR BLOG URL), follow others on the list. Your Instagram account MUST be PUBLIC for you to join the linkup. It is not required for others to follow you if your account is set to private.

FYI Instagram will only allow you to follow 20ish new accounts in an hour. If you reach 20 and have not followed everyone in the linkup you must come back later to complete.

To find the URL to your Instagram profile, open up Instagram, click your profile picture on the right side, click view profile, grab the URL in the browser bar.

My URL is:

https://www.instagram.com/doublethemonkeybusiness/

Yours should be similar!

As I am currently moving house, please click here to link up: http://www.viewfrominhere.com/

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School Places – The Big Reveal

School Places – The Big Reveal

A few months ago my hubby and I diligently sat down and filled out The Form!  If you have children starting school in September 2017, then you will know exactly what Form I am referring to!  The dreaded school places form.

We had figured out our priority order a long time prior – we live abroad so did all our school tours in June 2016, so we had definitly made our minds up by the time the application process was open.

We sent the form away and waited. 

To be honest I was pretty good at putting the whole thing to the back of my mind.  Which, I hasten to add, is most unlike me. 

However, life just took over and I had so many other things to worry about – moving / children / work / blog – that I actually managed to forget about it for a while.

We were told that in our Borough we would get told our school choices at 5pm on April 18th. 

However, browsing Facebook the evening before and I started to see posts from other mums saying they had been told their choice early! 

school

Quick get the laptop fired up and check.  But… nada!  No school places confirmed yet.

On the day of the 18th, I woke up early to check again.  Still nothing.  The day kind of went like that, all day I saw messages from people finding out early but not our council, it looked like they were going to send the messages out bang on time.

So at 5pm that day I sat at the laptop, logged in and waited.  Still nothing.  Then my hubby reminded me that, as we are living abroad, there is a time difference. 

Doh!

So we waited another long and painful hour.  Then 6pm rolled around – 5pm in the UK – and, you guessed it, nothing.

I waited and refreshed constantly for half an hour. Then I got a text from my friend saying to check as she could see the the places confirmed for her little boy.

My hand trembled as we opened the link. 

I was so overwhelmed with emotion I started with the ugly tears.  You know the kind where you can’t take a breath and it takes you by surprise. 

In that single moment I realised that this was it.  My babies are growing up.  Starting school.  Moving one step closer to independence.

The school the boys got were their second choice. 

Which we also were very happy with, so accepted straight away.  However, we did have a pang of disappointment that we didn’t get the first choice. Especially as the first choice would be the same school that my friends child got into, we were all hoping for a small miracle but it was not to be. 

We are right on the edge of the teeny tiny catchment area for the first choice, so we always thought it was a long shot. 

We had no chance of getting in there, we told ourselves.

Then a few weeks later hubby had an email from school admissions. 

It said “please find enclosed your new offer letters’.  At the time, he thought: “could it be?”  Well the answer to that question is apparently YES! 

After the May recalibration the boys got into our top choice.  Their favourite school.  The ‘long shot’.

To say we are thrilled is an understatement. 

I think I have checked the email a hundred times – just to be sure!

The upshot is we are one of the lucky ones, to live in a busy London borough and get our top choice of school. 

So, with all the drama I have just about managed to pull it together again for now. 

Who knows what I will be like on that first day – ugly crying in front of the new teachers and the school mums? 

Probably. 

Let’s hope I can keep it together until I get out of the school gates.

When I walk out of those school gates though, I can’t think of anyone better to be standing by our side, than our wonderful friends!  

We feel so thankful to be sharing this next journey with them.

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#CRAFTYCORNER | MONTH FIVE | AUGUST

#CRAFTYCORNER | MONTH FIVE | AUGUST

Hi,

August is here and we are all moved into our new house!  It is very nice to be back in the UK and I am loving the novelty of getting to shop in Tesco!

As the boys are now at home with me until 12th September (when school starts) I am loving the ideas from last month!  So thanks to everyone who linked up, there are plenty of activities to keep the boys entertained on rainy days.

#CRAFTYCORNER FEATURED POSTS

Thanks again to everyone that joined in with the link up last month!  Laura’s favourite post was Simple Space Crafts for Kids by Susan K Mann and my favourite post was Butterfly / Caterpillar Crafts by Meals and Makes.

 

You can grab our shiny new featured badge:

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So what is #craftycorner?

This is a place to link up all your creative posts and show us your creative flair! We love to see new ideas and to be inspired and cannot wait to see what you link up with.

Any posts with a craft theme is welcome, not just kiddies crafts!

Any posts with vertical images will be pinned as well to give you some extra exposure!

#CraftyCorner is a monthly linky, giving you plenty of time to join us.

#CRAFTYCORNER RULES

Rules – We need to have some rules to make it fair for everyone…

  1. You can link up to 2 posts each month, new or old posts are welcome. Be sure to paste the #craftycorner badge on your post (code below – paste it into the HTML option of your blogging platform)
  2. Please visit and comment on one of Laura’s post’s and one of my post’s.
  3. Comment on at least the post before yours please.
  4. Please use our hashtag #CraftyCorner when you comment so that we all know where you visited from
  5. If you would like us to retweet your posts via Twitter please mention us in your tweets (@dearbearandbean and @von_nee) and include the hashtag #CraftyCorner
  6. Once you link up we will add you to the monthly email reminder. We promise, no spam!

Of course it would be lovely if you commented on more posts, as that is what makes the blogging community so fabulous!

Each month Laura and I will choose our favourite post and feature it in our linky post the following month.

OUR LINKY #CRAFTYCORNER IS LIVE EVERY MONTH ON 1ST OF EACH MONTH AT 6AM AND CLOSE’S ON THE 20TH.

Please add this badge to your post:

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 Thank you so much for joining us, we can’t wait to see your creations!!!


Come and join us for #craftycorner. The linkup for creative bloggers! You can join in during first two weeks of every month!

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#SMB -Twitter Week-How Tweet It Is!

#SMB -Twitter Week-How Tweet It Is!

#SMB-Twitter Week-How Tweet It Is!

Doesn’t it crack you up when people think that Blogging is an “easy” job. There are so many pieces and parts to running a great blog, it’s hard to keep up with it all. When you started your Blog did you realize everything that needed to go into a post? Me neither!

Finding other Bloggers on Social Media, to follow and be followed by, opens doors. It connects us with others, leads more people to our sites who then share our work on Social Media. Are you blogging to yourself? Do you want to be noticed, but don’t know how to get there?

Running your blog in a vacuum is a futile process. “Build it and they will come” is just a line from a movie. Instantaneous Stardom rarely happens in real life. You have to be seen to be noticed.

Social Media Blast. Thursday at 9 PM EST Bloggers working together to grow our social media platforms. Brands are looking for large, engaged communities, let's work together to grow and prosper.

Reasons to Grow Your Social Media Platforms with Other Bloggers

Social Media connects us with others who find value in our posts. It helps us to grow our audience and hone our skills. It puts you in the position to be noticed by fans and Brands.

It’s hard work to grow your Social Media Platforms. Taking photos, editing them, creating different sizes for Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, Twitter and Instagram. Phew! I’m tired already. Aren’t you???

And we haven’t even created the posts and written the Social Media Updates yet.

Or scheduled them. Found the appropriate hashtags. Or, at the very least, hashtags that aren’t flagged as spam. ARG!

Check out the Top Five Reasons why you should be working together with other Bloggers, then add yourself to the linkup and let’s all grow together. We got this!

Meet your hosts:

Social Media Blast. Thursday at 9 PM EST Bloggers working together to grow our social media platforms. Brands are looking for large, engaged communities, let's work together to grow and prosper.

Nikki from View From In Here Jessica from Adventures of a Cavemom
Lindsey from Lindsey Tradup Yvonne from Double the Monkey Business
Gidget from Mommy Perfect Rena from Fine, Whatever Blog
Leah from Elm Photo Studio Leanne from Smiles and Sunday

Top Five Reasons To Grow Your Social Media Platforms

ONE: Bloggers are a cool, creative bunch. I love reading updates from other Bloggers on my Social Media Feeds. We are so doggone fun! When I’m having a creative dry spot I get my best ideas from the Bloggers that I follow. (Bonus points for a great food video, or crazy cat vid? Amiright?!)

TWO: Bloggers know all the good stuff. Need a recommendation for a hotel while on vacation? Ask a Blogger. Looking for potty training tips? Ask a Blogger. DIY? Decorating? Paint Colors? Get it? Follow Bloggers from every niche and all the answers you need are at your fingertips! Boo-Yah!

THREE: Algorithm Changes drive you crazy? Yeah, me too. But guess what? Another Blogger has already figured it all out. And you follow her/him! Score. Think about all those hours of research saved.

FOUR: Is there anyone more fun to hang out with than a Blogger? I think not.

FIVE: Okay, here’s the REALS. You want people to read your blog, right? You’re working to raise your Pageviews. You may even be thinking about making money from your Blog. Perhaps you’ve started to Monetize, but you’d like to make more income. Maybe you want all these things, but it’s a slow process?

Guess what? Growing your Social Media Platforms, hanging with other Bloggers, can help you achieve all these things. But working together with other Bloggers can speed up the process.

Check out the Top Five Reasons why you should be working together with other Bloggers, let's all grow together. We got this! Social Media Blast. Thursday at 9 PM EST Bloggers working together to grow our social media platforms. Brands are looking for large, engaged communities, let's work together to grow and prosper.

Social Media Blast Requirements

 -Add the link to your Social Media Account. It must be a Public account or Facebook PAGE not personal.

 -Follow everyone in the linkup, come back later in the week to follow those that have joined after you. This linkup will be open for a week, so come back and follow more as the week goes on, and get followed back!  This is not a link dump, if you aren’t following the others your link will be deleted. Thanks.

Share. Click to Tweet. The more people that link up, the bigger we all grow.

This week we’re focusing on Twitter

This week, link up the URL to your Twitter account (NOT YOUR BLOG URL), follow others on the list.

To find the URL to your Twitter profile, open up Twitter, click your profile picture on the right side, click view profile, grab the URL in the browser bar. My URL is: https://twitter.com/von_nee   Yours should be similar!

By the way, share this, let’s reach out to as many bloggers as we can, we’ve made it easy to Tweet above. Let’s make 2017 a year for blogging community!

As I am currently moving house, please click here to link up: http://www.viewfrominhere.com/

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